#5. EVIL DEAD II (1987)
Before Ash became the shotgun-carrying and one-line tossing square-jawed hero we know and love, he was Ash the wimp, who cowered in the corner while his friends got butchered by demonic forces hiding in the woods and living in the basement of the cabin they were staying in. Basically a remake of the original “Evil Dead”, but with better production values, “Evil Dead II” managed to seamlessly integrate laughs with gross-out shock. You’ll laugh one moment, scream the next, and generally have a great time. But before I came to accept Ash as a smart-aleck superhero of sorts, “Evil Dead II” was the best jump-a-second horror movie in the woods of its time.